TF0621 : Church of St Michael and All Angels: Eagle Lectern

taken 5 years ago, near to Edenham, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Church of St Michael and All Angels: Eagle Lectern
Church of St Michael and All Angels: Eagle Lectern
Eagle Lectern
The use of Eagles as Lecterns in churches certainly predates the reformation, and they are amazingly common. The Eagle is said to represent St John the Apostle, whose soaring symbolism makes the 4th gospel the most literary of the descriptions of Christ's ministry.

In the 5th century St Jerome used the Eagle as a metaphor for Christ's ascenscion, and an early legend held that the eagle would periodically renew its youth by flying near the sun and then plunging into a lake or fountain. On this basis the eagle became a symbol for the Resurrection as well as the Ascension. And, of course, the outstretched wings are a very convenient form for a lectern.

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St Michael's church, Edenham
Grade I listed
The church retains some Anglo Saxon work and stands on a man-made plateau.
It has a western tower, clerestoried nave, aisles, chancel and south porch. Tower is 16th C., aisle and nave roofs are 15th Century with angel carvings (and green dragons!),
13th C chancel arch, restored in 1808. There is a 12th C doorway bought from a chapel of ease at Scottlethorpe in 1967.
There is a Romanesque font from 12th C. although it may be recut or of a more recent date.
There are 2 14th C effigies, a civilian and a Knight, also monuments to the Heathcote family from Normanton, before it was flooded to create Rutland Water.
Also monuments to the Willoughby and Bertie families.
Externally there are some fine gargoyles and grotesques.
The churchyard contains several old cedar trees.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 8 November, 2014   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 8 November, 2014
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites 
Primary Subject of Photo
Church Detail 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0622 2183 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:47.0164N 0:25.5919W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0622 2183
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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